The European Union(EU) has partnered the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to educate local communities about accountability, rule of law and anti-corruption in the Ejura-Sekyedumase District of the Ashanti region.
Under its social auditing programme, the NCCE is hoping to promote good governance in Ghana by reducing corruption and improving accountability and compliance in the public service.
Subsequently, a durbar has been organised to give the people of Nyinase, one of the towns in the district, to have options in developmental projects and own them through proper auditing of the progress of work.
The Ejura-Sekyedumase Municipal Director of the NCCE, Mr Dujing Jacob Japiong, told the chiefs and people of Nyinase, a farming community in the Ejura-Sekyedumase Municipality that social auditing was crucial to the development of any community, urging the people to actively participate in every developmental project to ensure value for money.
Sequel to that, a five-member working committee has been inaugurated to champion the social audit programme in the community.
The municipal director admonished the committee to liaise with duty bearers in order to pool resources to develop their community.
He said development was a collective responsibility not to be shouldered by government alone.
Mr Japiong stressed that social auditing was not an event but rather a process towards achieving the desired goals and needs of the community.
He urged the committee to work assiduously and closely with the key actors in the municipality to press home their demand.
In interaction with key stakeholders in the municipality, Mr Japiong entreated them not to see social auditing as a political witch-hunt but rather a key role in promoting community ownership of developmental projects.
He urged the stakeholders and duty bearers to work in harmony with the five-member committee to ensure that their priority needs are met.
The chief of Nyinase, Nana Donkor Najah, commended the NCCE for selecting the community to benefit from the programme.
He urged the committee to work in close collaboration with the locals to ensure that the most pressing needs of the community were met.
The Assemblyman for the area, Philip Appiah, pledged to work with the team in order to bring development to the community.
He commended the municipal Director, Mr Japiong, for his work and urged him to replicate the exercise in other communities.